Our CEO, Mike Cubbin, was interviewed by British Forces Radio this week. The firm signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge in Colchester Garrison Headquarters on the 24th January formalising its intent to support members of the Armed Forces community. The fact that Gepp Solicitors had recruited a new CEO directly from the British Army caught the attention of the local team of BFBS radio who are based in the Garrison. They are paid for by the MOD so are, in essence, public service broadcasters and are unable to advertise commercial organisations, but they were interested in talking about Mike's transition from the Army to civilian life and, in particular, about how his military experience and training had given him the sort of skills that a firm of Solicitors were looking for in a CEO.
The interview with Mike covered his military career, why he applied for the job with Gepp Solicitors and why, in his opinion the skills he honed as a Commanding Officer, together with his experience of things such as project management, communications (PR and advertising) and his experience of Military Law from the prosecutor's side all allowed him to persuade the Partners of the firm that he was the right man for the job.
Mike also discussed why the firm wanted to sign the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge. Our Senior Partner, Roger Brice has over 20 years of defending soldiers, sailors and airmen at Court Martials and our Head of Employment Law, Alex Dean has been providing Service Personnel with employment advice for 8 years. So, professionally we have been looking after the Armed Forces Community, but we realised that almost 10% of our staff have connections to the military through family members and we wanted to do our bit to help the broader community of families, reservists, those who transition back to civilian life and people like Cadet instructors who invest so much of their spare time giving youngsters a raft of life skills.
BFBS Radio in Colchester is broadcasting the interview in 2 parts. Part 1 was broadcast at 1330 on Wednesday 6th February and part 2 will be broadcast at 1630 on Wednesday 13th February.
The British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides radio and television programmes for Her Majesty's Armed Forces, and their dependents worldwide. Editorial control is independent of the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces themselves. BFBS Radio Colchester is a broadcast radio in Colchester, Essex, providing Community News, Talk and Entertainment shows for troops based in Britain, with an emphasis on bringing Army News to soldiers, families and the wider community.
BFBS radio can be listened to on the internet by following the following link: https://www.forces.net/radio/stations/bfbs-colchester or by tuning in to 107.0 MHz FM.